Research profile Information Systems

Information Systems unites interdisciplinary, application-oriented research regarding businesses, administrations, the EU, academic institutions and the German government. Thanks to the interdisciplinary orientation of the areas of research and of the individual groups of the department, the demands made on viewing the area of research “Information Systems” integrally are comprehensively fulfilled. The members of research staff actively participate in the academic world, work as financial editors and reviewers and regularly chair symposia.

Research focuses on, among other things, industrial information systems, supply chain management, retail information systems, investment controlling, e-learning, internet economics, interorganisational systems and the web 2.0. In general, the requirements made on information systems are defined by different application domains usually from the economy, but also from administration. The orientation of the groups, which is in part microeconommic [supply chain management (Prof. Hellingrath), services, retail and e-government (Prof. Becker), interorganisational systems (Prof. Klein)], the close cooperation with the groups of the Business Administration teaching unit as well as the broad networking with industrial companies provide a wealth of research topics and themes. This becomes not least apparent in various sponsored research projects undertaken together with the Economics teaching unit. 

Main research and Chairs of Information Systems:

Chair for Information Systems and Information Management
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Jörg Becker

  • Business process management
  • Conceptual modeling
  • Business Intelligence
  • Retail
  • E-government
  • Service research

Chair for Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Hellingrath

  • Information systems for crisis management and for humanitarian logistics
  • Optimisation methods for supply chain management
  • Integrated spare parts management
  • Security in logistics networks
  • Local decision support in supply chain management

Chair for Information Systems and Interorganisational Systems
Prof. Dr. Stefan Klein

  • Interorganisational infrastructure
  • Information management
  • Organisation and IT
  • Corporate use of social media
  • New forms of work 

Practical Computer Science in Business
Prof. Dr. Herbert Kuchen

  • Software engineering
  • Programming languages
  • Programming
  • Parallelism

Information Systems and Statistics
Prof. Dr. Heike Trautmann

  • Multiobjective optimisation
  • Evolutionary algorithms 
  • Benchmarking of algorithms and automatic algorithm selection
  • Statistical quality control

Chair for Information Systems
Prof. Dr. Gottfried Vossen

  • Databases and information systems
  • Big data technology, strategy and applications
  • Cloud computing
  • IT architectures
  • Social business process modelling

Junior professorship for Information Systems, particularly IT Security
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Rainer Böhme

  • Economics of information security and data protection
  • Multimedia security

Junior professorship for Information Systems, particularly Quantitative Methods of Supply Chain Management
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Meisel

  • Optimisation in logistics, transport and energy systems
  • Decision problems under uncertainty
  • Computational stochastic optimisation

Information Systems research network “European Research Center for Information Systems” (ERCIS )

The ERCIS – European Research Center for Information Systems is an association of information systems oriented groups of scientists researching information systems management together. Additional and complementary aspects of information systems research are added in an international context through the networking with international universities in the countries of Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, South Korea, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The cornerstone of the cooperation in the research projects is the exchange of researchers such as the PhD students or the staff of the faculty in various training stages.

The aim is to realise common research projects which, across the boundaries of disciplines and countries, bring about results that individual research projects would not be able to achieve. In this, ECRIS focuses on interdisciplinary research. The core competencies of Information Systems are linked with questions from Informatics, Business Administration, and special aspects of Law. In addition to the integration of application systems and the organisational structure, the integration of various technical systems by means of integral and integrated architectures is a major focus of the ERCIS’ activities. This creates an integral view of the industrial application system and organisational design.